NeverShoutNever! – Trouble (Chords)

NeverShoutNever! – Trouble (Chords)

I bet the tweenage girls are squealing themselves hoarse over wee Christofer Ingle and his magnificent hair. But in December he took time out from his punishing hair care routine to record an EP of ukulele pop songs Me & My Uke. And he’s currently recording an album with fellow ukulele-EP-releasing runtogetherbandnamefrontman Forrest Kline of Hellogoodbye.

Trouble is a fairly simple three chord affair. The only tricky thing is the chord inversions I think he’s using. You could make it easier by using the more standard chord shapes: 0331 for Eb and 2010 for F.

The strumming for the verses is dead easy as well. The easiest strum of all, Strum #1 from the Strum Bible: all down strums. Just make sure you release the chord right after you’ve strummed it to get that sharp sound.

The strumming in the chorus is much trickier. It’s down, down, up, up, down, up. I’m experimenting with showing strumming patterns, so let me know if either of these make sense to you (top line counting, bottom line strumming):

1 … and … 2 …. and … 3 … and … 4 ….. and
down ……. down up ……….. up ….. down up

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
d .. d u .. u d u

For the first chord in the chorus you just play the Bb on the first strum, then you mute the strings (by resting your hand on them but not playing them) and strum the same pattern.

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  1. Rennie February 11th, 2009 12:27 am

    I honestly did squee a bit when I saw this. Haha.
    I was so excited to see that this guy had released a ukulele EP, but was too lazy to try to figure out the chords.
    Thanks for this!!!

  2. chris February 11th, 2009 12:36 am

    his uke ep was 3 songs long and the last song was cheesy and well your biggest fan is a good song and trouble is okay but hm nice tab hopefully he takes out some more ukulele songs

  3. isaac February 11th, 2009 6:57 am

    In conclusion: punctuation!

  4. cardboardfrog February 11th, 2009 12:32 pm

    cheery, up beat and lovely.
    unforetunately it’s also instantly forgetable.
    good chords though mr ‘shed.

  5. Donnie Bubbles February 11th, 2009 1:58 pm

    On the strum notation: To make the count line up you have to use a fixed width font like Courier New, or add a weird number of spaces to make it line up. Personally, I find that harder to read. If you say it is 4/4, and that the strum is for a measure, I think

    d – d u – u d u

    is all the information I would need to understand the strum. Maybe use a capital D or U for emphasis on certain strokes?

  6. Woodshed February 11th, 2009 8:19 pm

    Rennie: Glad to give you the squees!

    chris: I thought the last song was pretty good (in an Oh, It Is Love way). It’s definitely the most adventurous musically.

    isaac: ?!

    cbf: ‘Forgettable’ I’d agree with. But I think he has potential.

    Donnie: Thanks. I’m going to have to give this more thought.

  7. David February 11th, 2009 8:53 pm

    Any form of strum notation is big help! Thanks

  8. Woodshed February 11th, 2009 9:59 pm

    Thanks, David. I’m going to try to include more strumming suggestions. Particularly with the easier songs.

  9. Vincent February 12th, 2009 2:01 am

    Hey Woodshed big fan of the website.

    just wondering have you seen this?

    Theres gotta be a way to turn that into the coolest tenor ukulele of all time right? Something like putting a 4 string bridge on it or something as simple as taking off 2 strings and tuning to gcea.

  10. chris February 12th, 2009 3:12 am

    hahaha i just think the whole did it hurt part kinda ruined it for me

  11. Woodshed February 12th, 2009 6:55 pm

    Vincent: Thanks for the link. It’d be a lot of effort to go to. I think the closest looking uke would be the Stagg Les Paul copy.

    chris: I have to agree with you on that one. The lyrics are definitely cheesy.

  12. Vincent February 12th, 2009 8:17 pm

    Cool thanks, that looks just like what the epiphone could be. If thats at NAMM 09 that means it should be coming out this spring/summer right?

  13. Forest Knauff February 20th, 2009 6:23 am

    No srry but the chords are
    1 1 1 1 0
    1 3 1 3 1
    2 3 2 3 0
    3 3 3 3 2

  14. Woodshed February 20th, 2009 7:04 am

    Forest: They seem to be exactly the same chords I wrote up. The only difference being a different inversion of F. It’s pretty clear he’s using the inversion on the chord chart and I mentioned the other inversion in the post. So I’m not sure what your problem is.

  15. paul February 20th, 2009 10:33 pm

    I like his songs and i need to learn them on my uke.
    Im like popular at school with this shit
    Whats the chords? please anybody

  16. Woodshed February 21st, 2009 4:35 pm

    paul: I’ll probably do the other two uke songs at some point. Your Biggest Fan is just C – G – F – C – G. All the way through except the Sha da part with is F.

  17. alex scgalia February 23rd, 2009 5:02 am

    does anyone know the did it hurt chords

  18. Woodshed February 23rd, 2009 10:00 pm

    alex: I should be putting it up on the blog at some point.

  19. alex scgalia February 24th, 2009 10:23 pm


  20. Jasred Rang February 27th, 2009 5:52 am

    Dude i love this song it kick total ASS. its the sweetest song on acustic ;0

  21. paige March 31st, 2009 12:22 am

    you have no idea how easy you make things. haha, thank you!

  22. Woodshed March 31st, 2009 11:21 am

    Glad it helped, paige. There’s more NSN coming up later today.

  23. Brittanynotbritt April 10th, 2009 7:01 am

    Im new to this site, where on this page does it say the chords i am supposed to play for the song?

  24. Woodshed April 10th, 2009 7:04 am

    Brittanynotbritt: Click the red letters underneath the video.

  25. Brittanynotbritt April 10th, 2009 7:06 am

    wow im dumb, thanks

  26. Woodshed April 10th, 2009 7:14 am

    Brittanynotbritt: Not at all. Loads of people miss it.

  27. Samantha May 26th, 2009 12:47 am

    Thanks for much for this! I’ve just recently picked up my guitar again, and since Christofer uses simple chords I thought I’d try out some of his songs.

    Do you have the strumming pattern for Your Biggest Fan figured out, by chance? The chorus has me stuck.

  28. Samantha May 26th, 2009 12:54 am

    Whoops, should have checked farther into the site. Nevermind, and thank you!

  29. Woodshed May 26th, 2009 9:43 pm

    Samantha: Glad you managed to make sense of the strumming info.

  30. chelsy July 6th, 2009 8:25 pm

    hey, your page is awesome!!
    but i’m having trouble with the chords in this song and ‘trouble’,
    can you give me pointers how to make these chords work, i dont see how it is possible to use 1 on 2 strings at once.
    any pointers would be helpful.
    thanks :)

  31. brittany July 7th, 2009 7:49 am

    chelsy— you need to bar the two strings with one finger. just push the finger u need to use on the two strings you need to play.

  32. Woodshed July 7th, 2009 5:49 pm

    chelsy: Here’s a picture of one finger on two strings. And here’s the full chord. Hope that helps.

    brittany: Thanks for your help.

  33. christian August 11th, 2009 4:11 am

    what are the chords just say it or type it

  34. Woodshed August 11th, 2009 1:36 pm

    christian: Click where it says “NeverShoutNever! – Trouble (Chords)” in red under the video.

  35. DktWlsn August 17th, 2009 5:39 am

    Were are the chords????

  36. Woodshed August 19th, 2009 10:58 am

    DktWIsn: See the comment right above yours.

  37. mathilde (: September 3rd, 2009 12:46 pm

    I’m not such a fan of NeverShoutNever! but it always gets a smile at busking (: Thanks for putting it up (:

  38. Woodshed September 3rd, 2009 6:14 pm

    matilde: The guy is definitely a big hit with the kids. I’ve seen so many people who want to get a uke because of him.

  39. Tony September 6th, 2009 5:34 pm

    ya know I really wish you guys would tell me what the chords are! I’m new at this and I really don’t know what I’m doing. If they’re somewhere on this page then forgive me because I do not see them!

  40. Woodshed September 13th, 2009 8:56 am

    Tony: Click where it says “NeverShoutNever! – Trouble (Chords)” in big red letters.

  41. sammy October 3rd, 2009 11:53 pm

    i love this song this website is really cool great job. My friends and I always use it. Rock on Nevershoutnever

  42. Woodshed October 4th, 2009 12:15 pm

    sammy: Thanks for the kind words.

  43. Brooke October 4th, 2009 11:42 pm

    yea this is goos i totally agree with samy. we got ukes together and it totally hedps to have this website.

  44. Woodshed October 5th, 2009 11:50 am

    Brooke: That’s! Glad you both found it useful.

  45. Brabdon December 27th, 2009 4:29 am

    How do I know what kind of ukulele certain chorda re for? Because I just got a baritone uke for X-Mas and I dunno which chords I can actaully use…Help me please? :)

  46. ARNOLD ARAGON March 20th, 2010 1:46 am


  47. Hayden March 24th, 2010 1:47 am

    This is really cool i was looking for the chords for the ukulele on this song, because at my school we have a ukulele class and we have a thing called center stage where we can come up in the middle of the classroom and play what ever we want!!But i was really interested how to play this song!!Butthis is the best class ever it’s so fun to know how to play a ukulele, because it’s such an iteresting instrument!!Thanks!

  48. Woodshed March 26th, 2010 9:22 am

    Hayden: Good luck with your performance.

  49. niki rennie March 27th, 2010 7:14 pm

    omg my last name is rennie!

  50. Daniela :) March 30th, 2010 6:40 pm

    PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!! I REALLY NEED THE CHORDS FOR “DID IT HURT” please help. I know that song is kinda cheezy but it makes me smile and i love it. So if you know the chords please tell me!


    Danny Dolce.

  51. Woodshed March 30th, 2010 9:23 pm

    Daniela: They’re in the second half of this post.

  52. Laurahh April 11th, 2010 8:25 pm

    Yay! I love this song! (: And I love him.. *sigh* Yes, and I’m not even ‘tweenage’. Oh well, who cares. Anyway, thank yhooo ;D

  53. peaceluvjoy! May 16th, 2010 3:35 am

    I absolutlely love Christofer Drew! I love his music and everything. Is he the best? dunno! Love it anyway. Thanks for posting, I’m new to the uke and this is the first song I learned. So much fun!

  54. Woodshed May 18th, 2010 10:18 pm

    peaceluvjoy!: Glad you’re enjoying it.

  55. layna June 4th, 2010 2:52 am

    when was this song written ?

  56. taegen colson November 27th, 2010 5:06 pm

    wheres the Bb chord?

  57. jarrod February 16th, 2011 10:18 pm

    Not as easy as it sounds if your just learning from scratch but there is a Never Shout Never song that is easyer its your biggest fan and that one is easy on the fingers

  58. Edward March 6th, 2011 7:13 am

    It’s different the way he plays it here:

    can anyone decypher the chords he’s using?

  59. Woodshed March 6th, 2011 10:26 am

    Edward: The chord shapes are two frets up from those in the pdf. So it’s mostly C – F – G. But he’s tuned down a fret so it sounds as B – E – F#.

  60. Erin March 22nd, 2011 5:17 pm

    Okay so I’m new to the ukulele. I figured I should start with Trouble because the strumming and chords seemed easy when listening to the song, but once it gets to the chorus I’m completely stumped. Is there any way you could simplify the strumming a bit? I’m completely lost with the d du udu thing, lol. I’m trying to teach myself so bear with me please!

  61. Edward March 23rd, 2011 2:09 am


    I do not know any easier way than what woodshed has stated. It’s so easy. Just do down, down, up, up, down, up on each chord.

  62. rj August 14th, 2011 12:40 am

    I am having trouble downloading chords… When I download it, I go to open it but it just makes an empty tab on my firefox. someone help me!!

  63. Woodshed August 14th, 2011 8:26 am

    rj: Have you tried right clicking and saving to your computer?

  64. Maddi September 3rd, 2011 12:29 am

    I tried using these chords, but they just didn’t sound like the same same chords Christopher uses. I tuned my strings using the standard GCEA tuning. Do I need to tune my Ike differently or use a capo?

  65. mrdrprof October 5th, 2011 2:33 am

    hey, what kind of uke is this played on? i have soprano but i feel it may be played on a concert or alto

  66. Woodshed October 9th, 2011 10:16 am

    mrdrprof: He usually plays a tenor.

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